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Sneak It In and Tone It Up

Fit in Exercise No Matter Where You Are

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  • Thanks for the reminder that ANY movement is beneficial, and we have the choice to add more movement, or to let moments and movement pass us by. - 7/26/2012 9:21:18 AM
  • Thanks Jennipher, I already do some of these, but you sure have given me more "moves" for my arsenal. I am a foreign language teacher, and for the first few weeks of school I get my students to stand, sit, jump, reach for the ceiling, raise their left/right hands-but I haven't figured out how to do it with more of my lessons. This is to be one of my goals for my students and myself this year. - 7/21/2011 5:45:36 AM
  • Great article--I never thought of some of the stuff for driving or even some of the household chores (and since I have a LOT of cleaning to do over the next week, I'm really glad I read this!).

    I rarely sit completely still just naturally...my leg(s) is always bouncing under the table (and at this very moment, in fact) just because I can't stand being totally still for too long...if I do, a lot of chairs hurt my legs anyway so it's a win-win. :P - 6/26/2011 5:14:19 PM
  • BB2DYNTMRW
    This article definitely helps me eliminate some guilt when I am doing housework, gardening and helping my mom with her chores. I wondered how many calories were burned from all the lifts, and pulls I did -now I have some information. I usually did try to put some extra oomph! into it to burn a little more. Squatting down and then lying down to reach under childrens' beds seems to put the burn in too! - 6/5/2011 11:19:38 AM
  • There was a similar article here: http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/art
    icles/050221/21diversions.htm. And I can attest to the maintenance effects of doing the extra little activity, especially taking the stairs and walking everywhere you can (mandatory, as a carless college kid, but hey, it works). - 5/4/2011 4:17:34 PM
  • JUSTCALLMETEA
    I know that these aren't real exercise but, I make sure that i never sit still. When i'm at my desk or using the computer i constantly move my legs, you know the "gotta pee jiggle"? that's sort of what i do. When i'm at a restaurant or driving, or around other people i do kegels. When i'm waiting in line at the grocery store, i rock back and forth on my heels and the balls of my feet. I just find little ways to move instead of just sitting absolutely still. - 3/17/2011 6:57:25 PM
  • Excellent article! Lots of great ideas for some quick exercise you can slip in during the day. - 2/24/2011 12:54:14 PM
  • Some of these suggestions are awesome, but I have to admit that I find some of them to be pretty unrealistic. Doing lunges while you push your grocery cart seems a bit excessive, and probably a 1-way ticket to the loony bin if my husband caught me at it (although on the plus side a straight jacket would be a great tool for some 'active resistance' training in my arms). - 1/27/2011 2:25:31 PM
  • My old man used to have one of those hand exercisers hanging by the spring on his turn signal stalk and would use it whan stopped in traffic. I don't do that but I suppose its one other thing to do if you are so inclined. - 1/23/2011 6:15:36 PM
  • This is a solid article with some excellent suggestions. I commute a great deal, and will take to heart the suggestions regarding posture and stretching while driving. I'm also going to put my exercise ball in front of the television so I can at least sit up straight to work on my core, and, if I'm feeling ambitious, do some crunches as well. :-) - 1/5/2011 2:44:00 PM
  • I LOVE these suggestions! Especially getting some exercise during tv time and while shopping (both weaknesses of mine :P) I have been watching the Tone It Up girls youtube videos lately too. They're super fun and only take a few minutes, but I always feel the burn!!

    - 12/16/2010 5:04:30 PM
  • PAMROPER
    Some of the suggestions REALLY made me laugh, but some of them are right on. If you have two restrooms at work, go to the one further away. I march in place or sometimes hula hoop during commercials, pushups against the sink while the water is warming up, take the steps whenever possible. It all adds up in a good way. - 11/4/2010 2:13:50 PM
  • You are so right, Kitty. I've been wearing a pedometer to get a baseline idea of how many steps I use in normal daily activity aside from "formal" exercise. I had to spent a day doing work largely at my desk and only did about 600 steps that day--a normal day runs between 2000 to 5000 steps (and I am relatively inactive). It looks like the only thing that burns less calories than a desk job is staying in bed in a coma. - 8/21/2010 10:22:44 AM
  • Killyrmasters I think it's because office and desk jobs are the most sedentary. If you're not sitting at a desk to do most of your job then you have a lot more opportunity to work in exercise, such as a teacher who walks around and through the classroom while teaching, giving tests or just checking on the students while they read, for instance. I had one of those and while it's good for the teacher and probably keeps the students focused on work it did make me nervous. LOL and prevented me from reading a fiction book while I was supposed to be reading the chapter. - 8/14/2010 12:10:59 PM
  • While these are all good suggestions, why is it every article I ever read about how to get in exercise at work is for people with desk jobs? Not everyone has a desk job or an office job. - 8/14/2010 9:37:14 AM

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